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Mar 17, 2013 3:38 PM by Associated Press

Sheriff: Race crash victim was driver's cousin

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified the victims of a California raceway crash as a race car owner and the 14-year-old cousin of the teenage driver.

The Yuba County Sheriff's office on Sunday said 68-year-old Dale Wondergem Jr. of Grass Valley and Marcus Johnson of Penngrove died after they were struck by a race car in the pit row at the Marysville Raceway Park about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Officials say Marcus Johnson is the cousin of the 17-year-old driver Chase Johnson, who was not injured in the collision. Wondergem owned a race car at the track, but not the one involved in the crash.

Investigators say the crash occurred when the race car driven by Chase Johnson careened off the track and into the pit row.

The cause of the accident in under investigation.

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